Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor
Janet Gaynor was an American actress and painter. One of the most popular actresses of the silent film era, in 1928 Gaynor became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films: Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. This rule would be changed three years later by AMPAS.
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A Star Is Born filming pushed back after Beyoncé announces pregnancy - Daily Mail
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Single Ladies hitmaker Beyoncé will take on the role previously held by Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland in the 1976 and 1954 adaptations, and Janet Gaynor in the 1937 original. She will play up and coming starlet Esther Blodgett, later Vicki Lester,
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'The Artist': Can a silent flick speak to Oscar today? - Los Angeles Times
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William Wellman's 1937 rendition starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor scored seven bids, including best picture, director, actor and actress. George Cukor's 1954 classic earned six bids, including nominations for James Mason and Judy Garland,
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Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich In Remake Of - A Star Is Born - The Spoof (satire)
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The original plan was to use singer Beyonce in the Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Janet Gaynor role and Leonardo Dicaprio in the James Mason, Kris Kristofferson, Frederic March role. Saner minds with hungrier pockets decided to go for the full monty
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Christinan Bale to Join A STAR IS BORN Remake? - Broadway World
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The original 1937 film was produced by David O. Selznick and starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. A Star Is Born has been remade twice, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson
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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows: Mr. Smarty Pants Knows - Austin Chronicle
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What do Janet Gaynor, Helen Hayes, Anne Baxter, Claire Trevor, Donna Reed, Jo Van Fleet, Susan Hayward, Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Jones, Jane Fonda, Mira Sorvino, Kim Basinger, and Charlize Theron have in common? They all won Oscars for playing a
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Ed Burns On Learning To Love To Engage With The Crowd - Indie Wire (blog)
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We received over 250 submissions and eventually my producer and my editor Janet Gaynor and I picked the winning songwriter, Patrick McCormack, an unsigned 22 year-old artist from Philadelphia, who was then invited to the Tribeca Film Festival closing
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Capitolfest set for this weekend - The Rome Observer
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This year we chose the actress Janet Gaynor.” Gaynor was the very first winner of the Oscar for Best Actress in 1928. Gaynor was known as one of the most popular actresses during the Silent Film Era with classics such as the silent drama “Sunrise,” and
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Rome true to the Red, White & Blue - Rome Sentinel
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Close Harmony (1929) with Nancy Carroll, and The Johnstown Flood (1926) with Janet Gaynor. Theater organ accompaniment for silent films on the bill by Bernie Anderson & Philip C. Carli. www.romecapitol.com for schedule and prices, or call 337-6453 or
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Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Movies & F.W. Murnau's 'Sunrise' Getting New Scores - Indie Wire (blog)
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... film's story is about the love triangle between a happily married farmer Anses (George O'Brien) and the “evil temptress” city woman (Margaret Livingston) who seduces him and convinces him to drown Indre (Janet Gaynor), his neglected country wife
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Around Town: Ian Birnie's swan song at LACMA and more - Los Angeles Times
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(Janet Gaynor, who received the first Academy Award in 1929 for best actress, was recognized for her performance in "Sunrise" and two other films.) Also screening Friday is Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1945 romance "I Know Where I'm Going"
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Beyoncé to star in Clint Eastwood's remake of A Star Is Born - Consequence of Sound
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Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Janet Gaynor all played the same role in past versions of the movie. Eastwood's version is set to hit screens next year, with Leonardo DiCaprio expected to be announced as the male lead. For those counting, A Star Is
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Beyoncé confirms role in A Star Is Born opposite Leonardo DiCaprio - Metro
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This will be the fourth time A Star Is Born has hit cinema screens, with Hollywood greats including Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Janet Gaynor playing Beyoncé's role before. DiCaprio has long been rumoured to be playing the male lead in the flick,
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Critic's Notebook: Ian Birnie's farewell LACMA film series is a model program - Los Angeles Times
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Janet Gaynor and George O'Brien in "Sunrise" from 1927. (UCLA Film & Television Archive, UCLA Film & Television Archive / July 3, 2011) By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic Under ordinary circumstances, "Celebrating Classic Cinema: Curator
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Beyonce to star in Eastwood film - Toronto Sun
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The Halo hitmaker, who previously starred in Dreamgirls and Austin Powers: Gold Member, has been linked to the leading lady role for months and now she has ended the speculation by revealing she'll follow in the footsteps of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland ... -
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Rare Louise Brooks film to screen in Chicago - Examiner.com
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The film stars Janet Gaynor, George O'Brien and Margaret Livingston. (The latter voice doubled for Brooks when the actress left for Germany to star in Pandora's Box.) Considered one of the best films of the Silent Era, Sunrise won an Oscar for Unique
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Silent Summer Film Fest Celebrates Cinema's Earliest Sirens - Chicagoist
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This year's lineup from July 22 - August 26, focuses on the great leading ladies of the Silent era - Greta Garbo, Louise Brooks, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, Marion Davies and Janet Gaynor. The centerpiece of the festival is an August 12 screening of
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Leonardo DiCaprio to Join A STAR IS BORN Remake Opposite Beyonce? - Broadway World
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The original 1937 film was produced by David O. Selznick and starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. A Star Is Born has been remade twice, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason, and in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Janet Gaynor
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 77
    On September 14, 1984, Gaynor died at Desert Hospital in Palm Springs at the age of 77.
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  • 1982
    Age 75
    Her doctor, Bart Apfelbaum, attributed her death to the 1982 car accident and stated that Gaynor " never recovered" from her injuries.
    More Details Hide Details Gaynor is buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery next to her second husband Adrian. Her headstone reads "Janet Gaynor Gregory", her legal name after her marriage to her third husband, producer and director Paul Gregory. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Janet Gaynor has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6284 Hollywood Blvd.
    On the evening of September 5, 1982, Gaynor, her husband Paul Gregory, actress Mary Martin, and Martin's manager Ben Washer were involved in a serious car accident in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details A van ran a red light at the corner of California and Franklin Streets and crashed into the Luxor taxicab in which the group was riding, knocking it into a tree. Ben Washer was killed, Mary Martin sustained two broken ribs and a broken pelvis, and Gaynor's husband suffered two broken legs. Gaynor sustained several serious injuries, including 11 broken ribs, a fractured collarbone, pelvic fractures, a punctured lung, and injuries to her bladder and kidney. The driver of the van, Robert Cato, was arrested on two counts of felony drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding, running a red light, and vehicular homicide. Cato pleaded not guilty and was later released on $10,000 bail. On March 15, 1983, he was found guilty of drunk driving and vehicular homicide and was sentenced to three years in prison. As a result of her injuries, Gaynor was hospitalized for four months and underwent two surgeries to repair a perforated bladder and internal bleeding. She recovered sufficiently to return to her home in Desert Hot Springs, but continued to experience health issues due to the injuries and required frequent hospitalizations. Shortly before her death, she was hospitalized for pneumonia and other ailments.
    In September 1982, she sustained multiple injuries in a serious car accident which contributed to her death in September 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Gaynor was born Laura Augusta Gainor (some sources stated Gainer) in Germantown, Philadelphia. Nicknamed "Lolly" as a child, she was the youngest of two daughters born to Laura (Buhl) and Frank De Witt Gainor. Frank Gainor worked as a theatrical painter and paperhanger. When Gaynor was a toddler, her father began teaching her how to sing, dance, and perform acrobatics. As a child in Philadelphia, she began acting in school plays.
    In February 1982, she starred in the touring production of On Golden Pond.
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  • 1980
    Age 73
    In 1980, Gaynor made her Broadway debut as "Maude" in the stage adaptation of the 1971 film Harold and Maude.
    More Details Hide Details She received good reviews for her performance, but the play was panned by critics and closed after 21 performances. Later that year, she reunited with her Servants' Entrance co-star Lew Ayres to film an episode of the anthology series The Love Boat. It was the first television appearance Gaynor had made since the 1950s and was her last screen role.
    In 1980, Gaynor made her Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of the 1971 film Harold and Maude and appeared in the touring production of On Golden Pond in February 1982.
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  • 1978
    Age 71
    On March 1, 1978, Howard W. Koch, then the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, presented Gaynor with a citation for her "truly immeasurable contribution to the art of motion pictures".
    More Details Hide Details In 1979, Gaynor was awarded the Order of the Southern Cross for her cultural contributions to Brazil.
  • 1975
    Age 68
    Gaynor also became an accomplished oil painter of vegetable and flower still lifes. She sold over 200 paintings and had four showings under the Wally Findlay Galleries banner in New York, Chicago, and Palm Beach from 1975 to February 1982.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1964
    Age 57
    On December 24, 1964, Gaynor married her longtime friend, stage producer Paul Gregory, to whom she remained married until her death.
    More Details Hide Details The two maintained a home in Desert Hot Springs, California and also owned 3,000 acres of land near Brasília. Gaynor and her husband traveled frequently with her close friend Mary Martin and Martin's husband Richard Halliday. A Brazilian press report noted that Gaynor and Martin briefly lived with their respective husbands in the state of Goiás in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • 1959
    Age 52
    In November 1959, she made her stage debut in the play The Midnight Sun, in New Haven, Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details The play, which Gaynor later called "a disaster", was not well received and closed shortly after its debut.
    Gaynor and Adrian remained married until Adrian's death from a stroke on September 13, 1959.
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  • 1957
    Age 50
    In 1957, she appeared in her final film role as Pat Boone's mother in the musical comedy Bernadine.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 32
    On August 14, 1939, she married MGM costume designer Adrian in Yuma, Arizona.
    More Details Hide Details This relationship has been called a lavender marriage, since Adrian was openly gay within the film community while Gaynor was rumored to be gay or bisexual. The couple had one son, Robin Gaynor Adrian, born in 1940. Those rumors were never hinted at in newspapers or magazines.
    In August 1939, Gaynor married Hollywood costume designer Adrian with whom she had a son in 1940.
    More Details Hide Details The couple divided their time between their 250-acre cattle ranch north of Brasília, and their homes in New York and California. Both were also heavily involved in the fashion and arts community. Gaynor returned to acting in the early 1950s with appearances in live television anthology series including Medallion Theatre, Lux Video Theatre, and General Electric Theater.
    After retiring from acting in 1939, Gaynor married film costume designer Adrian with whom she had a son.
    More Details Hide Details She briefly returned to acting in films and television in the 1950s and later became an accomplished oil painter.
  • 1937
    Age 30
    Released in 1937, it was an enormous hit and earned Gaynor her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress; she lost to Luise Rainer for The Good Earth.
    More Details Hide Details A Star Is Born revitalized Gaynor's career, and she was cast in the screwball comedy The Young in Heart with Paulette Goddard. That film was a modest hit, but by then Gaynor had definitely decided to retire. She later explained, "I had been working steadily for 17 long years, making movies was really all I knew of life. I just wanted to have time to know other things. Most of all I wanted to fall in love. I wanted to get married. I wanted a child. And I knew that in order to have these things one had to make time for them. So I simply stopped making movies. Then as if by a miracle, everything I really wanted happened." At the top of the industry, she retired at age 33.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1934
    Age 27
    After Dressler's death in 1934, Gaynor held the top spot alone.
    More Details Hide Details She was often cited as a successor to Mary Pickford, and was cast in remakes of two Pickford films, Daddy Long Legs (1931) and Tess of the Storm Country. Gaynor drew the line at a proposed remake of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, which she considered "too juvenile". Gaynor continued with roles in State Fair (1933) with Will Rogers and The Farmer Takes a Wife (1935), which introduced Henry Fonda to the screen as Gaynor's leading man. However, when Darryl F. Zanuck merged his fledgling studio, Twentieth Century Pictures, with Fox Film Corporation to form 20th Century-Fox, her status became precarious and even tertiary to those of burgeoning actresses Loretta Young and Shirley Temple. According to press reports at the time, Gaynor held out on signing with the new 20th Century-Fox until her salary was raised from $1,000 a week to $3,000. The studio quickly issued a statement denying that Gaynor was holding out for more money. She quietly signed a new contract, the terms of which were never made public. Gaynor co-starred in Ladies in Love (1937) with Constance Bennett, Loretta Young, and Tyrone Power, but her box office appeal had already begun to wane: once ranked number one, she had dropped to number 24. She considered retiring due to her frustration with studio executives, who continued to cast her in the same type of role that brought her fame while audiences' tastes were changing.
  • 1933
    Age 26
    She was granted a divorce on April 7, 1933.
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  • 1931
    Age 24
    During the early 1930s, Gaynor was one of Fox's most popular actresses and one of Hollywood's biggest box office draws; in 1931 and 1932, Marie Dressler and she were tied as the number-one draw.
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  • 1929
    Age 22
    Gaynor was married three times and had one child. Her first marriage was to lawyer Jesse Lydell Peck, whom she married on September 11, 1929.
    More Details Hide Details Gaynor's attorney announced the couple's separation in late December 1932.
    Gaynor was one of only a handful of established lead actresses who made a successful transition to sound films. In 1929, she was reteamed with Charles Farrell (the pair was known as "America's favorite love birds") for the musical film Sunny Side Up.
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    Her performances in 7th Heaven, the first of 12 films she would make with actor Charles Farrell; Sunrise, directed by F. W. Murnau; and Street Angel, also with Charles Farrell, earned her the first Academy Award for Best Actress in 1929, when for the first and only time the award was granted for multiple roles, on the basis of total recent work rather than for one particular performance.
    More Details Hide Details This practice was prohibited three years later by a new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rule. Gaynor was not only the first actress to win the award, but at 22, was also the youngest until 1986, when deaf actress Marlee Matlin, 21, won for her role in Children of a Lesser God.
  • 1927
    Age 20
    By 1927, Gaynor was one of Hollywood's leading ladies.
    More Details Hide Details Her image was that of a sweet, wholesome, and pure young woman who was notable for playing her roles with depth and sensitivity.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 19
    Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films. After signing with Fox Film Corporation (later 20th Century-Fox) in 1926, she rose to fame and became one of the biggest box office draws of the era.
    More Details Hide Details In 1929, she was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films: 7th Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927), and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. Gaynor's career success continued into the sound film era, and she achieved a notable success in the original version of A Star Is Born (1937), for which she received a second Best Actress Academy Award nomination.
  • 1924
    Age 17
    Gaynor won her first professional acting job on December 26, 1924, as an extra in a Hal Roach comedy short.
    More Details Hide Details This led to more extra work in feature films and shorts for Film Booking Offices of America and Universal. Universal eventually hired her as a stock player for $50 a week. Six weeks after being hired by Universal, an executive at Fox Film Corporation offered her a screen test for a supporting role in the film The Johnstown Flood (1926). Her performance in the film caught the attention of Fox executives, who signed her to a five-year contract and began to cast her in leading roles. Later that year, Gaynor was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars (along with Joan Crawford, Dolores del Río, Mary Astor, and others),
  • 1923
    Age 16
    After graduating from San Francisco Polytechnic High School in 1923, Gaynor spent the winter vacationing in Melbourne, Florida, where she did stage work.
    More Details Hide Details Upon returning to San Francisco, Gaynor, her mother, and stepfather moved to Los Angeles, where she could pursue an acting career. She was initially hesitant to do so, and enrolled at Hollywood Secretarial School. She supported herself by working in a shoe store and later as a theatre usher. Her mother and stepfather continued to encourage her to become an actress and she began making the rounds to the studios (accompanied by her stepfather) to find film work.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1914
    Age 7
    After her parents divorced in 1914, Gaynor, her sister, and her mother moved to Chicago.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly thereafter, her mother married electrician Harry C. Jones. The family later moved west to San Francisco.
  • 1906
    Born
    Born on October 6, 1906.
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